New Jersey Sheriff resigns after racial comments toward First Sikh American Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

New Jersey (September 24th-2018) Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino has resigned after audio recordings were leaked last week in which he made racial and xenophobic comments towards First Sikh American Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and African American Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver.
In the recording, which was published by WNYC, an affiliate of the National Public Radio, Saudino can be heard talking to his colleagues and making nasty comments about New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s inaugural speech in January, according to a Washington Post report.
In the recording, Saudino attacks Murphy saying that he appointed Grewal as the first Sikh attorney general in the country, only because of his religion.
“He didn’t do that to help Bergen County, he did that because of the Turban,” Saudino says in the recording.
Saudino also said that he isn’t sure of Oliver’s sexuality as she is still unmarried.
In addition, Saudino attacked Murphy on the issue of marijuana in the state saying, “Christ almighty, in other words let the blacks come in, do whatever … they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.”
In a statement, Murphy has said that “anyone using racist, homophobic, and hateful language is unfit for public office” and “if indeed that is Sheriff Saudino’s voice on the recording, he must resign,” while in a joint statement, the Mayor and Council of Bergen County have also called for Saudino’s resignation.

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